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2013-14 Transaction Tracker

Parkhurst adds leadership, brains to Crew backline

For Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter it was a no-brainer.<p>While there are several talented centerback prospects that could be …

2014 MLS Mock Draft: Complete First-Round Predictions for Every Team

On the list of relevant drafts in United States' sports, the MLS draft is pretty far down the ranks. Often, the league's top players are signed from different professional leagues, while many of the top stars are already playing for clubs in Europe.<p>Still, every now and again an excellent player …

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25 Reasons Why Barcelona's Lionel Messi Must Win the Ballon D'Or

Barcelona's Lionel Messi will be attending the FIFA Ballon D'Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday, and he won't be going to make up the numbers.<p>Despite winning the prestigious golden ball on an unprecedented four successive occasions—this would be his fifth—and being injured for over three months of the …

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Ranking the 25 Most Expensive Barcelona Transfers

Barcelona are well-known for promoting youngsters into the first team due to the famed La Masia academy, where a large number of their players were schooled in the art of tiki-taka. Supporters and the club alike are proud of the fact and rightly so, but Barcelona have still spent large amounts of …

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Zorc: Dortmund need to change everything

The BVB director says the impending departure of Robert Lewandowski this summer will spark the next stage of the club's evolution<p>Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc has admitted the club must undergo a drastic overhaul next summer following a disappointing end to 2013.<p>Following the recent …

Bender urges Dortmund to get back to basics

Last season's Champions League runners-up have endured an inconsistent first half of the campaign and the 24-year-old has urged his team-mates to reproduce their focus of old<p>Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender insists his team are determined to reclaim second spot in the Bundesliga table.<p>BVB …

Borussia Dortmund Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 13

Last week, Borussia Dortmund were linked with Karim Benzema, Serge Gnabry, Sami Khedira, Shinji Kagawa, Mario Mandzukic, Edin Dzeko and Michy Batshuayi, while Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Sebastian Kehl were rumored to be on their way out of Signal Iduna Park.<p>BVB also confirmed the acquisition of …

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Paladini ready to step up in leadership role for Crew

After his contract option was declined by the Chicago Fire, Daniel Paladini's future was uncertain. But after talking to Columbus Crew Head Coach and …

Crew unveils 2014 Promotional Schedule

COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew announced today that single-match tickets for all Crew regular season home games in 2014 are set to go on sale to the …

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Youth movement continues in Columbus with two more Homegrown signings

The youth movement in Columbus continued Wednesday, when the Crew announced the signing of homegrown players Ross Friedman and Matt Walker. Friedman …

Crew Youth Update: January 10

COLUMBUS – Crew Soccer Academy alumni Ross Friedman and Matt Walker signed Homegrown Player contracts with the Crew earlier this week, giving the …

Crew has options with fourth pick in 2014 MLS SuperDraft

Just after accepting the role of Sporting Director and Head Coach of the Crew back in November, Gregg Berhalter noted that he was confident he could …

A Half-Term Report on Barcelona

Barcelona reach the halfway point in the season still at the top of the La Liga tree.<p>Apart from a few hours last Saturday night/Sunday morning, when Atletico Madrid placed their flag at the summit, Barca have owned the promised land for the last 54 weeks—a league record.<p>It says much about Tata …

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What Lionel Messi's Return Means for Barcelona

Lionel Messi is back. After missing two months of action due to a thigh injury, the Barcelona star officially returned to regular training with his teammates Friday, and fans could not be more excited.<p>La Blaugrana have managed to get by without Messi, but they never quite looked OK without their …

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5 Reasons Why Alexis Sanchez Has Hit Red-Hot Form at Barcelona

Alexis Sanchez may very well be the comeback story of the season. After a severely disappointing year last season, the Chilean has become one of Barcelona's most consistent and important players.<p>His latest three-goal masterpiece against Elche on Sunday was yet another indicator of what he can …

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6 Bold Predictions for Barcelona in 2014

The reigning La Liga champions head into 2014 in reasonably good shape with a number of key players on the verge of returning to action.<p>Debate continues to rage over the way Barcelona are playing their football; the shift in philosophy is not a million miles away from what was seen before, but the …

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Ranking 5 Potential Successors to Tata Martino at Barcelona

While Tata Martino is just beginning his Barcelona journey, let's take a look at some potential long-term replacements for the Argentinian.<p>Managers are rarely given adequate time to see their visions through, but at clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal, long-term managers have been able to …

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The Rise of Alexis Sanchez at Barcelona: How Chile Star Came Good

If Barcelona fans thought they might miss the pace, intelligence and threat posed by Lionel Messi, one man among their ranks had other ideas. Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, fresh from netting his first hat-trick for the Catalan club in the 4-0 rout over Elche, has shown he is more than capable of …

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6 Things That Have Happened in Football Since Lionel Messi Was Injured

If a week is a long time in football, two months are a lifetime.<p>Especially if those two months are spent deprived of watching Lionel Messi play.<p>The Argentine had been struggling with muscle issues until a hamstring injury put him out of action. His last game for Barcelona was on November 10.<p>He …

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Is Cesc Fabregas the Fall Guy Now That King Messi Has Returned?

Lionel Messi.<p>Two words guaranteed to strike fear into the opposing defence. And so it proved yet again in the Copa Del Rey first leg tie against Getafe.<p>With immaculate timing, Messi's 30-minute cameo performance will surely have piqued the interest of those in the Spanish capital, Whoscored.com's …

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Barcelona's Search for Valdes Replacement Takes a Step Closer

It's over 11 years since Victor Valdes made his first-team debut in a Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw, and unsurprisingly he kept a clean sheet. In the 2003/04 season, he emerged as the sides No. 1, helping the club to win the league title after a six-year wait. Since then, he has …

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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Barcelona: 6 Things We Learned

It seems rather unfair that the biggest game of the La Liga season thus far ended in a scoreless draw. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid traded blows, literally, but in the end, it would be a stalemate despite the edge-of-your-seat entertainment.<p>With both teams forced to settle for a single point, the …

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Dortmund hunt for new Lewandowski

Hans-Joachim Watzke says that the club are working round the clock to find a replacement for the Poland international following confirmation of his summer move to Bayern Munich<p>Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says that the club are working "flat-out" to find a replacement for Robert …

Klopp: Lewandowski not bigger than Dortmund

The successful trainer is confident that last year's Champions League finalists will overcome the attacker's exit<p>Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has stressed that no one is bigger than the club in the wake of Robert Lewandowski's decision to leave BVB for Bayern Munich at the end of the season.<p>…

Lewandowski move less emotional for Dortmund than Gotze - Muller

The Germany international forward believes that there were contrasting motives and events leading to both transfers, with the Pole's impending switch less of a shock<p>Thomas Muller suspects that Robert Lewandowski's transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich at the end of the season will not …

Kehl: Bundesliga title out of Dortmund's reach

The experienced midfielder acknowledges that winning the title might be too much to ask, accepting that Jurgen Klopp's side are now targeting second place instead<p>Sebastian Kehl admits that the Bundesliga title is out of Borussia Dortmund's reach after a poor first half of the season has left them …